Loving country, loving justice
Bedtime Theology with the 7 yo...
Me: What would you like to thank God for tonight?
7 yo: (Sitting up in bed and with enthusiasm) I thank God that the Europeans came over and made the 50 United States!
Pause. His expression changes from joy to seriousness.
7 yo: Except that it's a really sad story.
My 7-year-old is currently in a US geography phase and by "phase" I mean completely, utterly obsessed. Ever since he followed the US presidential election in November and discovered the electoral college, he's been in love with US geography, US history, US state trivia and yes, the electoral collage. I have printed out at least 85 blank US maps (literally) in the last several months, upon which he has written trivia like number of electoral college votes by state, which states various relatives have visited (a map for each), which states have military bases, order of joining the union, state rank by area, which states he wants to visit, which states he wants to live in some day, and -- wait for it-- in which states Jeff Bezos owns property.